At work, penning out the drawing of May 17 ― by 6, & penned out, (or slept, ― for that little upstairs room is deadly close! ―) all day ― except when interrupted[.]
Little Willy Beadon, dear little chap: a really nice dear little boy. ―― Eheu! ― Then Underhill, with a copy of Mount Athos drawing. Next Mr. Bonham ― H.B.M. [Coneal] of Naples: genial, intelligent, & pleasant. (he lives close by the Hooke.) Afterwards, Mrs. Thomson Hankey ― always agreable. Bob Martineau, kindly hearted: & lastly ― Wade-Browne the cheery. By this it was 7 ― so I dressed, & to St. John’s Lodge[.]
Spence sang afterwards cleverly: but he is really what Sir J. Hudson tso truly described hims ― a most fanastic queer man & vulgar. He says “as I said to the Grand Duchess” &c. &c. &c.
Walked home alone by 11.30.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]